On September 17, 2014 Times of India, Delhi Edition (P.16) reported on the order that was passed against All Ladakh Tour Operator’s Association (ALTOA) by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Leh-Ladakh Pawan Kumar Sharma. This order was passed on September 10, 2014. And while it may seem like this order could put an end to the mafia-like activities of ALTOA, reality isn’t just that.
Currently, co-owners, Arjun Majumdar and Sandhya Chandrasekharayya, along with Manish Pasad, Chief of Operation, Indiahikes and advocate Kashi Vishweshwar are awaiting police action as per the directive given in the CJM’s order. Meanwhile Indiahikes’ trekkers are being denied transport in Leh even for sight-seeing which is grossly unfair and a clear violation the fundamental right of moving freely in one’s own country.
To put an end to such lawlessness it is necessary that tourists and trekkers are aware of the crooked behaviour of local tour operators in Ladakh region. So do spread the message that will help put an end to the errant practices of these local operators.